What is the BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology?
The BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology is a full time, four year, honours degree which can be chosen within the WD002 - Bachelor of Science (Hons) Common Entry Route. This is an inter-disciplinary course which provides students with an understanding of the physics underlying modern technologies such as semiconductors, optics/photonics, alternative energy, and sensor systems. It is designed to provide students with strong and complementary skills in the areas of physics, engineering, mathematics and programming. Graduates will develop a range of transferable skills that are valued and much sought after by industry.
BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology work placement or study abroad
Students undertake a six-month work placement, allowing them to develop valuable professional skills. Recent placement opportunities have included: Analog Devices, Bausch & Lomb, Teva, FeedHenry, TSSG, UPMC Whitfield Cancer Care, Genzyme, Fidelity Investments, ESA (European Space Agency, Holland) and NPrime (UK).. Students also study abroad in one of WIT’s partner institutions in Europe, Canada or the USA.
Why are Physics and Technology important?
Physics is central to understanding the world around us and it is the driving force behind most modern technologies
Smartphones, iPads, fibre-optics, lasers, GPS satellites, solid state drives, radiotherapy beams, smart sensors, medical imaging systems, and a host of other devices and systems are all applications of physics.
This course is recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP), the professional body for physicists. Graduates qualify for Associate Membership which provides a route to full Institute Membership following appropriate professional experience. Further details can be found at www.iop.org.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Introductory Biology||Cell Biology and Biochemistry|
|Introductory Chemistry||Mathematics for Scientists|
|Introductory Physics||Physical and Organic Chemistry|
|Introductory Mathematics||Physics for Scientists|
|Introduction to ICT for Scientists||Choose two of the following electives:|
|Good Lab Practice and Core Skills||*Introduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science|
|*Introduction to Modern Physics|
|*Science & Society|
|*Introduction to Food Science|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Advanced Mechanics||Science Universe and Society 2|
|Alternative Energy||Electromagnetism and Physical Optics|
|Electronic Devices & Systems||DC / AC Fundamentals|
|Ordinary Differential Equations||Advanced Calculus|
|Programming Fundamentals 1||Programming Fundamentals 2|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Atomic, Quantum and Solid State Device Physics||Work Placement|
|Electromagnetism, Physical Optics and Photonics|
|Computational Environments and Toolchains|
|Advanced Engineering Maths|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Advanced Optics||Semiconductor Devices|
|Computational Physics with Research Methods||Photonics Applications|
|Control Systems||Research Project|
|Semiconductor Device Technology and Spectroscopic Techniques||Choose two of the following electives:|
|*Automotive Diagnostic Protocols|
|Choose one of the following electives:||*Automated Cloud Services|
|*Nuclear & Particle Physics||*Digital Control|
|*Research Methodology & Literature Review||*Advanced Materials and Process Selection|
|*Applied Fluid Dynamics|
|* = Elective||*The Corrected Car|
Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology:
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
How to apply for the BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology on the CAO:
The entry route for this programme is from WD002 - Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Common Entry). Applicants who select degree option WD002 PHY (Physics for Modern Technology) are guaranteed a place in that programme, subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who are undecided about their degree option should choose WD002 GEN.
At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.
Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology:
Career Opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technoloy graduates:
Graduates of BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology will find employment in industry and research in a range of sectors. Visit the Institute of Physics in Ireland website for more information on the many interesting and diverse career opportunities open to physicists.
Space Science & Technology
Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
Teaching after gaining a Professional Master of Education
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Follow on Study for BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology graduates:
Graduates may proceed onto a number of taught masters courses at WIT:
Masters or PhD by Research
The BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology is recognised by the Institute of Physics, which is the professional body for physicists in Ireland and the UK. Graduates of this degree programme can obtain membership of the Institute of Physics.
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